Each year, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) honor four Minnesotans who have demonstrated the ability to extend themselves in service of others. 2020 has proved itself to be a year of substance and consequence — a global pandemic, a national election, an uprising that ignited a flame in the ongoing fight for justice and equity. That is why it feels particularly important to thank and celebrate people who illustrate the endless capacity to give.
Meet the Heroes
The work and lives of the honorees differ immensely, but all four women share a common trait: an extraordinary willingness to adapt to the needs of this moment.
The perils of a pandemic have highlighted where our larger systems have failed us, but it is in those gaps where these four nominees have shown up so vigilantly. In a time that presents us with more questions than answers, there is a comfort in knowing that these honorees are laying a roadmap for optimism.
They remind us to engage with the world intentionality, to not fall into dissolution but instead imagine what a collaborative path forward might look like, with all the hope and compassion that entails.
About the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities. Learn more about these awards.